Posted: May 28
Alan Wake had a huge name before I even knew what it was about. Rumours and small spoils motivated me to play it for myself. On 1 May 2015 I finally set out on this adventure as a well known, cocky, used book writer who went on a retreat to Bright Falls in Washington, USA. It sets off on a slow pace and introduces you to all basic concepts and details.
The main goal of Alan Wake was to create an immersive movie or story with little effort needed from the viewer, they achieved this with simple controls and an easy difficulty to play on. Do not be fooled and think that the entire story is all fun and games, at the end of each episode everything would get intense, hordes of taken would appear leaving you to fight or flee for your life.
Categorised as a thriller I back the entire game, dwelling in silence with illuminating glare from the moon evolves slowly into a suspenseful walk with atmospheric music setting the tone of every scene. Even the classic jump scares are included, strolling through a home when suddenly a taken busts through the door charging you with al there is. Some were predictable and some were not, but balanced and not worn out.
Physical gameplay felt unnatural and sloppy but to be fair it was a conversion form Xbox to PC. Minor glitches like getting stuck on something or jumping and getting stuck but no big problems.
Graphics….. This was hard, reviewing in 2015 vs back in 2010 is quite a difference seeing that my GTX 760 made mincemeat of any graphical requirement it threw my way. Certain unpleasantness struck me in cinematics due to visible comers and edges, Alan’s Face his hands ect.
Comparing to other titles released in 2010 it seems like the quality of visuals were up to standard, titles like Mass Effect 2, Just Cause 2, Assassin’s creed Brotherhood also had some of these characteristics that feels unpleasant to the eyes.
This story was amazing and immersive…
At first they make you compare yourself to Alan, at this stage you would feel all his pain. Then they drop an unravelling bomb on you where you start to hate our Hero, after a while you start agreeing again and feel his drive, anger, hatred and determination to finish his adventure.
At the very end the unthinkable happens and they leave you on the biggest cliff-hanger ever created by mankind.
They later on released special episodes 1 and 2 which continues the story after the story, these were not as good as the main story but also deserves your attention. It does not really enlighten you about happenings after and if you can shut off your entire brain and only receive entertainment through playing games, I would implore you to do this as the FINAL
did not give any closure and generated more hope than was needed.
Unfortunately it seems that Alan Wake 2 will not make an appearance in the future, Quantum break releasing exclusively to Xbox one will receive this title. Producers and directors feel that it is not within the age or time to make a new Title to this extremely awesome piece of art and creative immersion.
My next game would be Alan Wakes American Nightmare.
Hit the review section up to see may say in a months’ time.
FINAL VERDICT: ABSOLUTE YES, Add it to your rich-story category in your library.